Tony mentioned this last Sunday that he wanted an outline of the teaching.  I figured I’d put it up here, too, so anyone who missed can at least look at the notes.  This week, it’s pretty similar to the blog post I already put up, but I think it could be something we do regularly that’s helpful.

Stewards of the Earth


Start with Stories!

            Experiences in nature – appreciate nature? – tell about God?


Genesis 1.28-31

Deals with God/People/Nature (after last week; people made in God’s image)

Blessing Idea

Privilege, not obligation

Thus, “multiply and fill the earth” is not mandated or limited

Ancient near east:

Reproduction a gift (wouldn’t be mandated)

Population control also an issue (yet still not limited)

Subdue and Rule: How do we understand this?

Anthropocentric (human-centered): humans at the top, nature made for humans

Leads to humans running ‘roughshod’ over environment

Biocentric (life-centered): all life pretty much equal

Reduces ‘jurisdiction’ and humanity’s ‘subdue and rule’ idea

Reduces humanity’s image of God (jurisdiction, in other cultures, only available to deities)

Theocentric (God-centered): All made for God

          God as ultimate power, humans as image bearers with jurisdiction

          God Creator/King, humans are ‘stewards’

                   We must view everything in relation to God

Luke 19.12-26: Parable of the Ten Minas

          Jesus gives, we are expected to use resources/gifts wisely – for the King


Brooke: Ideas on how to be a better steward


Wrap Up: Theocentric View

          Humans ‘very good’ part of creation

                   Ought to be God-interested, not self-interested in relating to nature

                   No ‘recipe’ for everything: God is our focus, bringing Kingdom of Heaven